Apps Can Help Parents Keep Kids Safe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Children are returning back in the gym, the playground and on the field playing hard. Sometimes too hard.

Health officials say emergency room visits by children injured in sports and recreational activities rose 60 percent in the past decade. They said that's probably because parents and coaches are more careful about getting these head injuries treated.

Coaches and parents need help in diagnosing just how hurt a child might be, especially when it comes to head trauma. Bicycling and football were the leading causes of brain injuries. But help is coming, from the concussion app, which runs through symptoms and signs to let user know if it's an emergency."I'm already familiar with some of the symptoms," Jay Ingram said, high school coach," I believe the checklist feature is brilliant."

The concussion app is just one of several designed to help with child safety.

Lori Hardegree's son is allergic to ant and bug bites. Hardegree makes sure all the adults near her son have the Epi-Pen app. This app provides a how-to that could save her son's life.

"We've sent it to the school," Hardegree said, "To his teachers, scout leaders, coaches for sporting events, grandparents."

Hardegree also uses the KidsDoc Symptom app from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It is also a favorite for Tech Savvy Mama's Leticia Barr.

"That is a wealth of information," Barr said, "Just like their website is, but it's a portable format that provides info pertaining to your child's health."

There's also the ICE app to help on the go. Barr explains.

"ICE stands for in case of emergency and ICE is really a place where you can enter in a wealth of info about your family's medical history. You can enter in insurance information, blood type, allergies, past medical history."

Another app that might interest parents allows them to store information about your child is the FBI's Missing Child app. It helps in an instant in case your child goes missing. Barr does caution parents to make sure the phone and-or the apps you use are password protected.

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